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Wednesday, 23rd February, 2005

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

# A review of the Pitcairn Island Office Projects as at 31 January 2005 is available. The original Microsoft Word document is here and I've done an HTML transcription of it here. The report was supplied by Leslie Jaques and linked from the 'Future Of Pitcairn' email group. Many thanks to Richard Hudson who has made it available to me for publication here. It is very interesting reading and gives great insight into what the immediate future holds for Pitcairn Island. Some quick highlights include:

# The Scotsman reports that on Friday David Steel became the first British parliamentarian to set foot on Pitcairn Island.

There is life after Holyrood, as David Steel continues to prove - or maybe heu2019s just trying to get as far away from it as possible. The first outsider to visit Yasser Arafat when the latter was besieged in Gaza 18 months ago, he is now following in the footsteps of Marlon Brando (left). Not so much a Last Tango in Paris with Lady Steel, but still in search of paradise. On Friday, he became the first British parliamentarian to set foot on Pitcairn Island. The 47 islanders turned out to greet a small team from the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development, who were landing from the cruise ship on which Lord Steel of Aikwood is currently lecturing.
Tom Christian, great-great-great grandson of the Bounty mutineer, Fletcher Christian, was their guide as the deputy-governor took Lord Steel on a tour of the territory on the back of the diplomatic quad bike. "Iu2019ve travelled in many ambassadorial Rolls-Royces and Range Rovers," Lord Steel hollered, "but never anything like this."

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